The Jacksonville Jaguars have set themselves up nicely for the future at the quarterback position.
A year ago at this time, the quarterback situation for the Jacksonville Jaguars is pretty dismal. Neither Blake Bortles nor Cody Kessler struck fear in any opposing NFL defense. The team was in the middle of a 5-11 disaster with a 3-7 record.
The wheels were coming off for a team that had played in the AFC championship just the previous season because of a lack of discipline (we have heard this before), poor execution on offense and injuries that forced the coaching staff’s hand on many an occasion.
There mare many issues facing this roster, having been handled by the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, but the quarterback position is the best it has been a number of years. It should continue to be that way over the next few seasons moving forward. Gone is the fear of letting the man under center win games for this organization as opposed to having him become a game manager and holding your breath.
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As Doug Farrar of USA Today wrote about in his most recent story and touchdown wire, Jacksonville is in a good position at the most important position on the football field. A proven winner in Nick Foles and a rookie in Gardner Minshew who gained valuable experience playing this season in the veteran’s place due to injury.
The Jaguars come in seventh on Farrar’s list of teams with the best quarterback situation of the future.
You can make the argument many teams should be envious of what the front office has done to prepare for the future, even if the current situation needs to be fixed.
"“Other teams, such as the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers, likely will face difficult personnel decisions at the quarterback position much sooner than that,” Farrar wrote. “Only a handful of teams, notably the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, appear secure in their quarterback situation for years to come.”"
Add the Jaguars to the upper third of the NFL which appears to be set when it comes to having a reliable quarterback and developing weapons to aid the offense in years to come.
The Jaguars finally pulled the plug on Bortles experiment where the 2017 team won in spite of him thanks to a top-flight run game and out of this world defense. The playoffs appear to be fading dream this season in Jacksonville, but that doesn’t mean the postseason isn’t a possibility for the future.
"“The Jaguars signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal in the offseason and then saw what looked like a disaster when Foles went down with a broken collarbone in the opener. They had to turn to rookie Gardner Minshew, a sixth-round pick, who threw for 2,285 yards with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions in nine games,” Farrar explains. “Foles returned as the starter in Week 11, bumping Minshew back to the bench. Both Foles and Minshew are under contract through 2022.”"
Whether it’s Foles or Minshew under center, there is hope again for the Jaguars under offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. The depth at the position could also mean teams make a call down to North Florida this coming offseason to see if there is a chance to pry one of them away from the black and teal.
"“There also is the possibility that some team desperate for a starter could trade for Minshew in the offseason. Our panelists agree Minshew has shown enough to be a solid starter somewhere,” Farrar wrote."